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Bollywood has always been famous for its style, new and advanced trends, dialogues, music, dance sequences, spectacular sets or shooting locations, the life of superstars and above all the spending capacity of the production companies. Let’s know what makes Bollywood unique and the biggest film producing industry in the world.

Bollywood is basically an informal term used for denoting the Indian Film Fraternity or the Hindi Film Industry. Indian film industry produces more then 1000 movies a year in different regional languages, out if which Hindi movies have a majority. Bollywood as the name suggests is  derived from Hollywood, which many think is the film industry of the West.

History of Bollywood

Hindi Cinema or Bollywood came into existence at the beginning of the 20th century with the first silent movie, Raja Harishchandra made in 1913. Dadasahab Phalke, an eminent visionary actor/director/producer paved the way for Hindi cinema. The first sound movie Alam Aara  came in 1937, the period when the fight for freedom was at its peak. The post independence era was known as the "Great Depression" and a majority of movies depicted the same.

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screen grab from Alam-Aara

But as a new sunrise, the period between the late 1940s to the 1960s is actually regarded as the 'Golden Age' by many film historians of Hindi cinema. During this period only the most critically acclaimed Hindi cult movies like Guru Dutt's Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool; Raj Kapoor's Shree 420, Awaara; were produced and hitherto Mumbai Bollywood celebrate the joy and cherish the magic of the same. During the 60's Bollywood was producing about 200 movies a year and thus began the golden journey of the industry with major superstars being born. Actors like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor were known to fill up the coffers for producers.

The period between late 1960s and 70s, was the period of 'Modern Cinema" which were completely action, romance, music driven. Actors like Rjaesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sharmila Tagore, Waheeda Rehman  carried the torch and walked on the footsteps of fine work left behind. After them till date, Bollywood is in a continuous process of producing memorable movies that can also compete with movies across the world.

The decade of 80's saw actors like Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Mithun Chakravarty and Rishi Kapoor taking the centre stage. The 90's and the present era is dominated by the Khans viz. Salman, Shahrukh and Aamir. These three actors are highly reliable for the success of any film. Even the younger and upcoming generation, which is mostly dominated by sons and daughters of yester year's actors, seems promising.

Today, Bollywood is considered as a fast evolving industry which is known for producing big budgeted, fancy movies. Bollywood has surely evolved from a small 1/2 an hour silent clip to a full 3 hours, grand, technically advanced super hero flicks.

Style of Bollywood

Bollywood flicks have always been known for their style. Especially if one looks at the dialogues of any movie, they surely does create and impact. Famous dialogues like "Main aaj bhi phenke hue paise nahin uthata" (Even today I don't collect money that is thrown) and "Jab tak ek bhai bol raha hai, ek bhai sun raha hai ... jab ek mujrim bolega, ek police officer sunega" (Until a brother is talking, a brother will listen, when a criminal will talk, a cop will listen) or even "Rahul, naam toh suna hoga?" (Rahul, you must have heard this name?),  "Hum yahan ke Robinhood hain ... Robinhood Pandey" (I am the Robinhood over here ... Robinhood Pandey) are highly influential.

Are you a B'town fan? Who isn't? The Mumbai Bollywood, popular as B'town or Tinsel Town is nothing but basically the informal term used by people colloquially for the Hindi film industry which is based in Mumbai. Also, just don't confuse it with Indian cinema, Bollywood is just a part of the huge Indian film industry which works and produces huge budget movies in Hindi languages. It is because of the lavish sets, exotic locations used, pricy actors and so Bollywood is often termed as tinsel town.

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Modern day movie sets are grandeur

Bollywood has become an integral part of life of Indian people. Fans can't digest a bite without Bollywood, or they will even fast a day if a notable personality goes away. People just can't digest the food properly and it is not a joke. The local audience are an avid lover of B’town movies, music, drama/ melodrama, action and last but not the least comedy; eat movies, sleep movies and walk movies in that sense.

After the advent of sound in Bollywood movies/ films, the 100 years of Bollywood history has witnessed so many marvelous talkies and musicals with so many born talented musicians, directors, writers, lyricists working hard and bring out the best out of their minds.

Mumbai Bollywood represents the culture, art and creativity of Indian minds and we all as Indians are proud of it.

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